After successfully completing trials of the revolutionary technology over the previous 11 months, MTN Zambia has officially launched their 5G network, becoming the first mobile operator in Zambia to offer 5G services commercially.
The Honorable At the event, which was held at the Mulungushi International Conference Center, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia, presided over the occasion. A number of ministers from the Zambian government as well as officials from the central bank and sector regulator were there. Chairman Mcebisi Jonas, Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita, and Vice President for Southern and East Africa Yolanda Cuba led the MTN Group delegation.
MTN Zambia 5G Network Review
I have not yet switched to MTN 5G, but soon I will. In this review, I will share everything you need to know about the 5G network by MTN in Zambia and it if it is worth it at all.
What is 5G? How is it better than 4G,LTE, and 3G in Zambia?
5G comes with faster speeds, lower latency, and more capacity than 4G/LTE networks, 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology. This will result in even faster downloads, better streaming, clearer video calls, and a more consistent user experience for more MTN network users in your home. Depending on the plan you select, you can anticipate speeds of up to 50 Mbps. You can connect desktops and laptops for work from home and online learning, security systems, smartphones, smart TVs, and gaming consoles for entertainment with their 5G Home plans.
How to check if 5G Network by MTN is available in your location in Lusaka Zambia
Simply visit https://5gmaps.mtn.zm/ and allow the website to access your location and you will be able to see if your location is among those where 5G connectivity is available. You can as well visit MTN Branches.
Features of MTN Zambia’s 5G Network
- You can connect multiple devices
- perfect for gaming
- high quality real-time video calls
- livestream and even watch in 4K.
How do you access the 5G network of MTN?
- You can use your existing 4G sim
- You need a 5G router and a
- 5G subscription.
- 5G smartphone
How to check if your phone can support 5G in Zambia
The simplest way is to do a quick Google search. Simply type “does <phone name> support 5G?” in my case, my phone is an iPhone 13.
How to check if your computer or laptop can support 5G in Zambia
Not all laptops and computers can support 5G. Here is how to find out.
- Open CMD and type “netsh wlan show drivers“
- scroll down and find “Radio types supported“
If your computer or laptop it says that the network adapter supports 802.11g and 802.11n network modes, it means that the computer has 2.4 GHz network capability only.
If it says that the adapter supports 802.11a and 802.11g , 802.11n, and 802.11ac network modes, it means that the computer has 2.4 GHz and 5GHz network capability.
In this case, am lucky and happy that my laptop can support 5G, but my Desktop can’t.
How much is the MTN Zambia 5G Router?
All MTN customers can now take advantage of 5G thanks to a partnership between MTN and Huawei. To help you get going, their home internet bundles include a discounted add-on router. Its standalone price is ZMW 3000.
How much does 5G Internet cost in Zambia?
|Add 5g router*
*5G router valued at K3000
Conclusion – Final thoughts
I am little bit disappointed about this new 5G network because I was expecting speeds of above 100 mbps because these 30 or 50 mbps speeds are actually 4G speeds that have existed in other countries for many years now. And again, in different places of Lusaka with other networks at different times, it is possible to get upto 30mbps without 5G when lucky.
But looking at how slow internet is in Zambia, getting the 30mbps package at K1999 UNCAPPED is actually worth it if it really works that way because we have been paying a lot of money in the name of fast internet when the speed does not even reach half the speed we are promised with almost all networks in Zambia.
Have you switched to 5G? share your experience in the comment section below.